Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Let's Go, Rock! - Nagercoil - Part 3

It was my long time wish to visit to the tip of India, Kaniyakumari, Tamil Nadu.  I got the chance when I visited my in-laws at Nagercoil.  Kaniyakumari is about 20 kms from Nagercoil.  We got a bus in Nagercoil to Kaniyakumari which took about 2 hours to reach Kaniyakumari.  It is where Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal converge.  (Read Part-1 & Part-2)

After we got down from the bus the first place we wanted to visit is Swami Vivekanda Rock which is situated in the sea, about a half kilometer from the shore.  We had to follow a queue to buy the tickets for the trip to the rock.  Even after buying the tickets we had to follow another queue for the ferries. There are two ferries which make many trips to take tourists from the shore to the rock and back.  The capacity of each ferry as I expect is about 100 passengers per trip. 


That was the first time I travelled by a ferry and I never sailed on the sea before.  It was like a Titanic experience for me.  The other attraction was Tiruvalluvar Statue which was built in the year 2000.  It was made to remember the famous poet in tamil, Tiruvalluvar who wrote couplets called ‘Thirukural’ containing 1330 such kurals (couplets) in 133 different categories which contented in three sections, namely, Aram (Morality), Porul (Wealthiness), Inbam (Pleasure).  This has been translated in many languages in the world including English, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Hindi, etc.   

The statue is 133 feet height reflecting the 133 categories weighing about 7000 tons.  We had no chance to visit the statue as it was undergoing renovation and cleaning.  So, we missed the opportunity to have a near look at the statue.  But we could enjoy having a glimpse of the statue from certain distance. 

When the ferry arrived for the next trip we got a chance to get into that.  It took a few minutes to reach the Swami Vivekananda Rock.  Just after we got down at the rock, the first thing we did was photographed ourselves with the ferry in the background.

We had to remove our foot wears at the place that is meant for.  By the time we reached the rock it was already afternoon and the rock started heating up the foot.  There was a white line path all around the rock which helped us to get away from the heat.

Swami Vivekananda Memorial hall was built in the year 1970 on the bigger rock is situated about 200 feet away from the Tiruvalluvar Statue which stands on the other rock in the sea.  There is also a meditation hall for visitors to meditate.  No photographs were allowed inside the halls.  It is believed that he swam in the sea to the rock to meditate.  The place is a must visit one. 

Virtual Tour of the Rock: Click here

Information:
Ferry fee: Rs.34/- for Adults, Rs.17/- for students
Entrance Fee: Rs.20/-
Visiting Hours: 8.00 am to 4.00 pm


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